The Galaxy Note 4 holds up during the #BendTest, kind of

The Galaxy Note 4 holds up during the #BendTest, kind of
By now, even your non-techie friends will have heard the news: the iPhone 6 Plus bends if sufficient amount of force is applied to its structural Achilles' heel -- the volume rocker. In fact, so seemingly easy it is to bend Apple's first phablet that the YouTube video that gave a start to this entire fiasco has seen its view counter climb over the 50 million threshold.

While the #Bendgate scandal was still trending, Unboxing Therapy (the channel behind the original iPhone 6 Plus bend test) further cashed in by putting a number of rival Android devices to the test. The Moto X and Note 3, for example, both proved to be as sturdy as smartphones get, and vastly outperformed the structurally-flawed 6 Plus. Obviously, of course, most people were far more interested in seeing how Samsung's next big thing, the Note 4, handles itself -- especially since the company took the opportunity to generate some free advertising off Apple's perceived woes. And today, we finally get the answer to that question.

Thanks to a new Unboxing Therapy video, we now know that the Note 4 holds up when put through what is hopefully similar amounts of force. Well, kind of -- the phone still warps a bit, though the reviewer was able to bend it back to shape. In any case, it's quite obvious that the Note 4 won't be as incompatible with your jeans' back pockets as the 6 Plus appears to be. Interestingly enough, however, whatever Samsung changed with the Note 4's construction, it would appear that its structural integrity isn't as formidable as the Note 3's, which held up better. You can see the videos below.

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Galaxy Note 4
  • Display 5.7" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP / 3.7 MP front
  • Processor Samsung Exynos 7 Octa, Octa-core, 1900 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3220 mAh(20h 3G talk time)



1. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

At least you can bend it back, unlike the iPhone 6 Plus.

2. CoastCity

Posts: 257; Member since: Mar 07, 2014

At least takes the double force than ib6+

10. AnTuTu

Posts: 1612; Member since: Oct 14, 2012

You will have to forcefully bend the Note 4 whereas 6+ bends naturally....

3. Cristian

Posts: 5; Member since: Oct 13, 2014

+the screen doesn't crack when you bend it back.

37. zibbyzib2000

Posts: 221; Member since: Nov 18, 2010

He didn't turn the screen on after he bent it back.

20. steodoreben

Posts: 379; Member since: Sep 26, 2013

@xperiaDROID: duh, it's part of Apple's master plan at all. Apple iPhone 6 Plus is designed to be irreversible so that avid fans of iPhone will buy another iPhone. Plot twist: Apple then tell the world they sold +10 million devices worldwide in just a week, a record breaker they say.

4. dratomic

Posts: 483; Member since: Oct 09, 2013

ofcourse note 3 is better than note4. i knew it the moment i saw note 4 having usb 2

11. AnTuTu

Posts: 1612; Member since: Oct 14, 2012

I am sick of reading these comments about USB port being USB 2.0 in Note 4 instead of 3.0. Come on mate give me some good reasons what USB 3.0 could have done which 2.0 hasn't? Also, don't forget the fast charging adapter in Note 4. Now please give me some sensible reasons...

12. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Copy files to your phone faster

14. JMartin22

Posts: 2370; Member since: Apr 30, 2013

But the implementation of USB 3.0 was a poor one. Just wait for USB 3.1 with reversible pin.

29. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

The problem with the 3.0 port was the timing. When you need to transfer lost of files, lets say 5GB; Windows took to long to calculate the file movement. By the time it does, the phone has timed out on its 3.0 usage. It has a timer. If Samsung would have just changed the timing, it would have been fine.

27. EclipseGSX

Posts: 1776; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Because everyone does that hours at a time daily... /s

30. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Not saying it will affect your life greatly, just stating 1 sensible reason why usb 3 has preference over 2.0

35. timepilot84

Posts: 113; Member since: Aug 16, 2012

I've got a Note 3 and connecting with the USB 3.0 cable and transferring files is not noticeably faster than using a plain old USB 2.0 cable.

16. Bogdan86

Posts: 48; Member since: Oct 06, 2014

i have a Galaxy S5 and have done a lot of testing and the transfer speeds difference between USB2 and USB3 is lower than 10%, and the port is ugly, not to mention the flap.. note 3 users, please test the difference between sub2 and usb3. i was just a marketing scheme that nobody bought.

23. ericsorensen

Posts: 53; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

I can report at least twice the transfer speed of files on my Note 3 compared to my wife's note 2. Plus, I like the solid engagement of the USB3 plug into the phone. I, for one, wish they kept USB 3 for the Note 4. I have my a Note 4 ordered for my wife, so we will see if it's a step backwards.

5. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

The reviews are really showing how game time this device is. It looks so awesome! Too bad it's too big for me to consider.

6. ThePython

Posts: 902; Member since: May 08, 2013

This bending fetish should stop already... it's getting dumb.

18. vandroid

Posts: 405; Member since: Sep 04, 2012

Companies shouldn't be releasing devices that can have the happen.

26. ThePython

Posts: 902; Member since: May 08, 2013

Any phone will bend if you apply enough pressure. Some will bend easier than others, sure... They all bend nonetheless.

28. EclipseGSX

Posts: 1776; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Except the brick Nokias, they don't bend so your argument is invalid

31. ThePython

Posts: 902; Member since: May 08, 2013

We're talking about smartphones.

32. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

False. What the guy said is fact. ANY phone will bend with the key word "IF YOU APPLY ENOUGH PRESSURE". Your hand isn't strong enough to bend some phones because the human hand is only capable of producing 100lbs or pressure/force. So yes my hand can't bend some phones, but machines can bend any phone. Right?

34. ThePython

Posts: 902; Member since: May 08, 2013

Don't mind him, it was a silly comment. I wonder why I even bothered with a response.

7. naittosan

Posts: 240; Member since: Jun 28, 2014

Don't care either way,Friday it belongs to me.

8. Techfriend

Posts: 34; Member since: Apr 16, 2014


9. sasch

Posts: 40; Member since: Sep 19, 2012

you are for sure the biggest Bender on the net dude!

13. pureviewuser

Posts: 501; Member since: Nov 11, 2012

I love my nokia!!!!!

15. phantom_six_man

Posts: 82; Member since: Feb 12, 2014

atleast you cant bend moto x 2014 :)

17. Bogdan86

Posts: 48; Member since: Oct 06, 2014

Phone Arena, do a speed test with S5, note3 or note4 between USB 3 and USB2. there are tons of comments that argue the note 4 for having usb2. i have a S5 and did some tests and the difference is lower than 10 %, in some cases the usb 2 wins.

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